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A Hopeful Cure For Faultfinding

"It is better, if it is God's will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil" (1 Pet.3:17).

The obvious negativity surrounding faultfinding ought to be plain. It just isn't a very good pastime... It requires no talent, self-denial, character, and not much brain power. Ultimately, no one wants to be with someone who's main goal is to make him or herself feel better at the expense of others. So... How does one resist this temptation? First, I think we have to become conscious of the sinfulness of it, and then watch and pray against it. Following Jesus' advice is always a good start... "Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak" (Matt.26:41). Here's a good piece of advice that should work well... Make up your mind to look for good in people instead of evil. Make up your mind to magnify your brother or sister's virtues instead of their faults. A good habit is to take a serious at self... "First take the log out of your own eye, then you can see clearly how to remove the speck from your brother's eye..." (Matt.7:5). A serious look at one's self often takes the joy out of criticism... And while we're here, how about a bit of advice for the targets of the faultfinders... First, take comfort that Jesus, though he was without sin, was never able to escape the faultfinders. And one other little tidbit... Even if the criticism was meant to hurt you, perhaps you can take profit from it... See what you think of this quote from Abraham Lincoln... " I do the very best I know how --- The very best I can; and I mean to keep doing it until the end. If the end brings me out all right, what is said against me won't amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong, 10 angels screaming I was right will make no difference..."

Have a great start to your week... Begin it with a RAK or two... Love mark Phil.4:11

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